New York, October 9, 2008--Two U.S. journalists missing since October 1 are being held in Syria in connection with visa issues, several news organizations reported today.
The Syrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said today that Holli Chmela, 27, and Taylor Luck, 23, were arrested when they entered Syria without visas, news reports said.
New York, October 8, 2008--The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned for the safety of two American journalists on vacation in Lebanon who have not been heard from since October 1.
Holli Chmela, 27, who had just finished an internship at The Jordan Times, and Taylor Luck, 23, a staff writer at the paper, had flown to Beirut from Amman, Jordan, on September 29 on a vacation, according to international wire reports.
CPJ is concerned for the safety of two American journalists, Holli Chmela, 27, and Taylor Luck, 23, who are reported missing in Lebanon. The Chmela family issued the following statement tonight.
We are hoping and praying for the safe return of our children, Taylor Luck and Holli Chmela. We wish to thank the State Department and FBI in
Washingtonand our U.S.embassies in Beirut, Damascusand for their extraordinary efforts on their behalf. We also want to thank the Jordan Times and The New York Times for their invaluable assistance. We are looking forward to a happy result. Amman
For additional information, we recommend contacting the Public Affairs Office at the U.S. Embassy in
AUGUST 15, 2008
Posted August 27, 2008
Marcos Losekann and Paulo Pimentel, TV Globo
Tariq Saleh, freelance HARRASSED
Saleh, 33, a Brazilian producer, told CPJ that on August 15, along with reporter Marcos Losekann and cameraman Paulo Pimentel, both working for TV Globo, were arrested by Hezbollah militants in Dahiye, in the southern suburbs of Beirut while doing a story on a local restaurant owner.
CPJ alarmed by attacks on pro-government media
New York, May 9, 2008—The Committee to Protect Journalists denounces a series of threats and attacks carried out today by the Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah and its allies against pro-government news outlets in the Lebanese capital, Beirut.
In separate incidents on Friday, Hezbollah gunmen and allied opposition groups attacked and threatened offices belonging to the Future media group owned by Saad Hariri, leader of parliament’s U.S.-backed governing coalition.
CPJ research indicates that the following journalists have disappeared while doing their work. Although some of them are feared dead, no bodies have been found, and they are therefore not classified as "Killed." If a journalist disappeared after being held in government custody, CPJ classifies him or her as "Imprisoned" as a way to hold the government accountable for the journalist's fate.
JANUARY 20, 2008
Posted February 15, 2008
Aziz al-Matni, Al-Anbaa
Al-Matni, director-in-charge of the weekly newspaper Al-Anbaa, told CPJ he was surprised by a wildfire threatening his home in Matn district’s Qornet Shehwan, approximately 10 miles from the capital, Beirut, around 12:30 a.m. His car, a blue Mitsubishi Lancer, had been set on fire. A nearby fire precinct responded quickly, preventing the fire from spreading to his home, he said.
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